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QUESTION
How often do sheep sleep? How can I tell if they are lieing down sleep, or lieing down because they are ailing?

Thank you,


ANSWER

I belive that sheep do lie down to sleep. They also lie down to rest. While resting they are usually chewing their cud. They also chew their cud while standing. Resting and ruminating is very oomportant for the mental well being of the animal. I think that sheep sleep off and on during the 24 hours of the day. We recommend that you walk among all your sheep everyday and make sure they all stand up. Whatch to see if they have trouble standing and also watch to see if they stretch after standing. Any age sheep that is not hurried and is feeling well will stretch once they stand. You do the same thing in the morning or after a sleep. Be very curious about animals that do not stretch after standing or cannot stand or have trouble standing. Investigate those animals and why they are not doing as they should. AR Cobb, Extension Sheep Specialist







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